Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide (02/24) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, FEB. 24, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “Notable NYC Events-Feb”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦  For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

Celebrate Craft Beer Week
Now that the Olympics are over it’s time to turn our attention to Craft Beer Week in NYC. Opening night was Friday, Feb. 21, and the closing bash will be on Sunday, Mar. 2 at Houston Hall in the West Village. In between there are many special beer related events taking place around town. Each day I will try to ID a few of the best (gadzooks, some events may not even be on the WestSide).

Second Annual Women in Beer Event “Taproom 307’s beer sommelier Hayley Jensen will be hosting the city’s only female-only beer week blowout called Women in Beer, which starts at 6 p.m. Adamant that “the stigma that it’s for older guys with bellies is disappearing,” Jensen’s got a beer itinerary planned that will surely give NYC’s other bro-centric bars a run for their money. One of the most anticipated beers she’ll be pouring is something called Sweet Fire, a chocolate chili imperial stout that Jensen had brewed herself with four other New York friends.” (Gothamist)
Monday, February 24th // 6 p.m. // Taproom 307 [307 Third Avenue] // Free

*The first three below are among my faves on Manhattan’s WestSide:
Brickyard Gastropub*
5pm – vintage, specialty, & flagship beers by Weyerbacher Brewery from the GMs hometown
Dinosaur Barbque Harlem*
3 course Pre fixe menu with beer pairings & a surprise beer line takeover with an adult dessert float
Blue Smoke Battery Park City*
7pm-10pm – $60 – 4-course beer dinner with pairings from Newburgh Brewing Company
The House of Brews (all locations)
2 for 1 Sam Adams Beer Drafts
Murray’s Cheese Bar
5:30pm & 8:30pm – $65 – Murray’s Cheese Bar Annual Beer Dinner with Peekskill, 5 cheese-centric dishes paired with a Peekskill brew rarities
Whole Foods Market Columbus Circle
5pm-8pm: Shmaltz takes over the Taproom with special tastings of several beers including Jewbelation 17 – an epic anniversary ale and other tasty drafts.

To make your beer week experience even easier, download the official brewers guild beer week guide (now conveniently available as an app). This will give you a bit of an advantage on those other hop heads by providing event listings as well as deals on food and beer, among other things.

Wine 101
If you’ve had enough of barley and hops, Terroir in Murray Hill is hosting a Wine 101 event with reputed sommelier Richard Betts, author of The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert. A $30 ticket gets you access to Betts’ 60 minute talk and a tasting of six wines.  at 7 p.m. / purchase tickets online.

House of SpeakEasy: Seriously Entertaining
“This series, produced by Amanda Foreman and Lucas Wittmann, asks its participants to speak off-the-cuff about a particular topic for 15 minutes. Then members of the audience participate in a quiz to identify lines from famous works of literature, movies or songs. This time around, the big list of particpants includes Steve Coogan, Susan Minot, Tom Reiss, Anton Sword, Dana Vachon and Uma Thurman.” (TONY mag)
City Winery, 155 Varick St. at Vandam St
At 7:30pm $25
212-608-0555 / citywinery.com

Works and Process: Pacific Northwest Ballet 
“It’s hard to overstate the influence of Marius Petipa on the development of ballet. That 19th-century French choreographer not only reigned over the golden age of Russian ballet, but he is also responsible for some of the form’s most enduring works, like “Sleeping Beauty,” “La Bayadere” and, at least to some extent, “The Nutcracker.” Members of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, a fine company from Seattle, present excerpts from Mr. Petipa’s classics, revived from century-old notation, as part of the Guggenheim Museum’s informative and informal series.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St,
at 3 and 7:30 p.m. / $25 to $30; limited availability.
212-423-3587, guggenheim.org
seems like there is always limited availability for this wonderful series. maybe best bet is to go to the website and book for a future event.

Japan Benefit
Pianists Bob James and Makoto Ozone, and guitarist John Scofield head a starry benefit for victims of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, commemorating the upcoming third anniversary of the tragedy. The heavyweight cast also includes Kenny Barron, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker and Ron Carter.
Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St., at Sixth Ave
At 8:00pm / $45 at tables, $35 at bar. All admission fees will go toward a relief fund.
212-475-8592 / bluenote.net/newyork

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
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Making Pasta For Passover (NYT Panorama)

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An employee packing cases of matzo farfel at the Streit matzo factory on Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. It is in full production in advance of Passover, which this year begins on April 14 ==============================================================

A PremierPub – West Village

Corner Bistro  /  331 W. 4th St.

Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the best burgers in town.

In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town. The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary next year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.

Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $6.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.

Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening,  in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.

For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you  can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).

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Website:  cornerbistrony.com
Phone #:  212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour:  NO
Music:  Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk 2 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
Update:

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants,  jazz joints, craft beer bars, wine bars, tapas bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs  – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz joints),
If you have a fave premier pub or a good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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